Friday & Freshers Fair

Happy Friday everyone!!


So, after my moan earlier on this week, it turns out that cross training is actually pretty fun: I had forgotten what else I can do as well as run. Here is how my week has looked:


  • Monday: conditioning and abs
  • Tuesday: Aerial yoga
  • Wednesday: 1 hour pole, 1 meta fit class
  • Thursday: 1 hour pole class
  • Friday: conditioning and abs


It’s been a good all-over week, and my back, arms, legs, glutes are all feeling pretty tired! At my dance studio, October is Octobutt, and everyone’s working on improving their glutes. So that will work really well with the old IT band stuff too :)


On Wednesday I went to the Durham University Fresher’s Fair. Not because I am one of those people who hangs around uni pretending they’re 10 years younger than they are, but because our dance school’s university societies were there. During my lunch break I headed down to the union and to demonstrate pole and aerial arts.


Janie and I just hanging around…..

If pole dancing has taught me one thing, it’s that you’re never too old/unfit/scared to do things that will amaze you. When I started, I never thought I would be able to do the splits, deadlift myself upside down, or even just feel comfortable in my own body. Before, I was a little caught up in the way the media portrays things. Lose that Winter weight now! 10 diet secrets you NEED to know! How to get that golden tan!


Instead of helping you feel comfortable, all this does is encourage you to think of your body as something that deliberately works against you, and which needs to be controlled. Now, my bod and I are a team, and we work together to do the things I want to do, and knowing that is the nicest feeling.


Now, I’m no expert, but if anyone is feeling down about their bodies, I would definitely recommend going and doing some exercise. Hopefully even a short walk around the block will remind you that you and your body work together. And then you can start to gradually increase it and maybe even find yourself doing something that will amaze you.


And finally, here’s what I’m loving this Friday!

  • Breaking Bad. Along with the rest of the universe. I have had a huge love/hate thing with this show: just when I begin to like it, everyone starts to be all mean to each other again. We have two episode left, and I do think that it’s had the best end of show climax I’ve ever seen though….. HOW WILL IT END?????????? (Don’t tell me)
  • ‘Atlas’ by Coldplay: Coldplay’s new song is perfect for Autumn. It’s moody, atmospheric and slow, great for those grey mornings.
  • 8 minute abs.  I heard about this from one of my fave bloggers, and during Abs August, I gave it a try. It’s so quick, but it’s painful and you see results very quickly. But it HURTS!
  • Nike and Run to the Beat: They came under some fire after the way their race was organised. As a goodwill gesture, they refunded £10 to every participant, and a t-shirt and apology note arrived in the post as a surprise too. Nice to see they acknowledged their errors, and thanks for another great shirt!
  • Radio 1 Live Lounge: September was Even More Music Month at Radio 1, and they had someone in the live lounge every day. It was ace. Here’s the most watched video on youtube from all the live lounges that month: Bastille, covering Party by Miley.


 Thanks Nike!!

I hope you all have a good weekend! Any interesting plans? We are running a 10k trail, so fingers crossed it’s not raining (too) hard!


Ellie B

I just don’t know what to do with myself

Happy Tuesday everyone….. Not sure if people legitimately say that, but I’m working some positivity into my day.


At the moment I’m in a weird place where I’m teetering on the edge of injury. Not to be all dramatic – it’s not that bad. It started off as a twinge in my knee, and in typical ‘I know best, I’m an amateur runner’ style, I ignored it until now when it flares up now even when walking quickly.


So. My plan is to chill out and try to rehab it. But that’s easier said than done! It’s so boring not going running. I’m foam rolling, I’m  stretching, I’m strengthening. We’re almost at the end of both Breaking Bad and Orange is the new Black, which makes all that easier (How good is Orange, and how nasty is Walter White!!). I’d like to try swimming for my cardio too.


I have a 10k trail run this weekend, and a 10k obstacle course next weekend. And I really don’t want to drop out, so until then I’m keeping off the concrete and on the couch. Actually, that doesn’t sound too bad!


Lesson: don’t think you’re too strong for injury just cos you’re good at cross training (which I think I am)! If your twinge starts to get worse, your body is warning you about something……


In other running news, the Tempest Runners met for the third time last night. This is a running group I started at my dance school. Last night we worked on pacing and consistency, and they ran 3*1k with a 2 min  break in between each one. The aim was to maintain consistency in each one, and they succeeded fabulously. Hopefully this will help with the obstacle course in a few weeks!


Gilly has her marathon on the same weekend as I have my obstacle course. I can’t believe how quickly it’s come around!! Here is some help for your taper Gilly, I bet it must be weird to reduce after working so hard for so long. You’ve done brilliantly already – I can’t wait to see what you do on the day.


In non-running news, we had a GORGEOUS weekend up here in the North East! SB and I made the most of it by going to our favourite coffee shop three times (I missed it after our week away), by going for a picnic and by going to the driving range. I feel I’m making some progress with my golf swing: I only completely missed the ball about 30% of the time. 😉



Hope you’re all having a great week!

Finally Friday!

So another Friday is upon us :) I love the 6pm feeling!

This week, instead of “What I’m Loving Friday”, I just have one word for you: chocolate. This week has been all about the chocolate. It started with the chocolate pav I made for the BBQ, followed by chocolate milk on Monday, lots of Dairy Milk leftover from a Dairy Milk-Banana-BBQ experiment gone wrong, and all topped off with some birthday cake. It was SB’s birthday yesterday – and I celebrated with muchos birthday cake 😀


Here’s a run down on my training this week:

  • Monday: 11.5 mile run at just over 8 mins a mile. I didn’t feel any pain on the run, but the next few days, my adductor and my IT band were really tender. So I eased off the serious training for a few days.
  • Tuesday: 6 mile cycle, and a dance class. But I was teaching the class, so it’s kind of cheating to include it in a training wrap up.
  • Wednesday: Really gentle 6.8 mile run with my running club, in 1hr 5 mins. I had been foam roller-ing like a bad ass since Monday, so wanted to take it nice and easy.
  • Thursday: Gentle jog for 2 miles with my friend in the countryside. The scenery was gorgeous. Generally we chatted and solved all the world’s problems.
  • Friday: Hill reps for 8 miles. 2.5k warm up, and then 6 reps of hills, and a 2k cool down.


I’ll leave you all to your Friday nights now. I’m eating cake, drinking Baileys, watching Breaking Bad and foam roller-ing.


Good times.

Ellie B